Police: BASE jumper too drunk to exit canyon

Police: BASE jumper too drunk to exit canyon

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in south-central Idaho say a 30-year-old South Carolina BASE jumper who successfully parachuted into the Snake River Canyon had to be rescued because he was too intoxicated to walk out on his own.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office says Walter Wooton of York County landed safely after the daylight leap Tuesday off Perrine Bridge into the 486-foot-deep canyon.

Authorities tell The Times-News they received a call at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday from a man saying he jumped with Wooten earlier but Wooten hadn't made it back to the canyon rim.

A helicopter landed in the canyon and found an intoxicated Wooten. Rescuers with the Twin Falls Fire Department then walked in to help him Wooten out.

Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls is a popular BASE jumping spot.

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Information from: The Times-News